Mrs. Mary Law Moody

Mrs. Mary Law Moody


Let us remember the life and ministry of Mary Law Moody, 85, of LaGrangeville, NY, who died peacefully on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Hospice Center in Danbury, CT. She was the second born child of Ruby Faye Camp Law and Ashley Taswell Law, and was born on her maternal grandparents' farm in northeast Louisiana on January 2, 1934.

Mary grew up in Louisiana towns where her father served Methodist churches. She graduated from high school as the valedictorian in Welsh, LA, and from Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans, where she was a psychology and elementary education major. She taught school in Virginia, Vermont and New York, where she was a substitute teacher in the Arlington School District. She served for twenty years as director of volunteer services at Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY - a job she loved.

Believing that when one serves others, God can multiply one's efforts, Mary was actively involved in community organizations, particularly the Girl Scouts, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val Kill, the Volunteer Services Program at Saint Francis and the Parkinson's Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Beyond the local community, Mary was an avid supporter of CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk for Hunger, sponsored locally by the Dutchess County Interfaith Council. For 42 years, she gave others the opportunity to help alleviate hunger and poverty by sponsoring her in the Council's annual Hunger Walk. In 2018 she was the 4th most productive walker in the national CROP Walk.

Mary is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, Rev. Frank Kennon Moody. Rev. (Ken) Moody pastored at Trinity UMC in LaGrangeville from 1964 to 1970. He served in extension ministry in various capacities from 1970 until his retirement as dean of student services at Dutchess Community College in 1997.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children and their spouses, David Kennon Moody and Eileen Marie Patricia Guilfoyle of New York City, and Laura Anne Moody Hoskins and Daniel Steven Hoskins of Brattleboro, VT; as well as by her grandchildren, Sophie and Gus Moody, and Jacob Min Ho and Madeleine Mary Hoskins. She is also survived by a nephew, five nieces and twelve cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, two sisters, Ruth and Sarah, and two brothers, John Paul and James Thomas.

A memorial service will be held at Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church, Route 55, LaGrangeville, NY on Saturday, April 13th at 2:00 pm. Burial of ashes will be at the convenience of family at the cemetery of Trinity UMC in LaGrangeville. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.

In lieu of flowers, support is encouraged for Dutchess Outreach, 29 N. Hamilton Street, Suite 222, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or a worthy charity of one's choice.